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Migration Alert: Texas teal hunting depends on water

Report posted September 15, 2011
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Opening day of teal season on the coast was outstanding if you had access to water. Limits were the norm and not the exception around Wharton, Eagle Lake, Lissie, Garwood and Markham. The coast is dreadfully dry, with most marsh ponds and moist soil units reduced to dusty, large cracks.

Collegeport hunters saw limits of teal over limited water supplies. Most water able to be purchased comes from the LCRA canal system, and “duck water” there, along with the rest of the coastal prairie has been cut off.

Playa lakes in the Panhandle are holding a limited supply of water, so teal shoots have been poor to fair. Most teal in Northeast Texas are holding on shallow flats of reservoirs, however, many boat ramps are inoperable due to low water. Prospects are excellent on the coast if you have water, and poor everywhere else in the state.

Migratory bird reports provided by TPWD

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